October 24, 2016

Food Seized at Kosher Warehouses for Rodent Infestation

U.S. Marshals have seized food at a Ridgewood, New York warehouse that manufactures and distributes kosher food products after widespread rodent infestation was found. The FDA investigated the facility and initiated the seizure. A warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on April 3, 2013. The inspection that discovered the problem took place in late February. FDA investigators found "unsanitary conditions throughout the facility in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. The conditions included live rodents, a dead, desiccated rodent, an what appeared to be rodent tracks, rodent gnaw holes, and rodent excreta pellets in or near food products." Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA's acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs … [Read more...]

Henry’s Farm FDA Warning Letter for Listeria Monocytogenes in Sprouts

The FDA has sent a warning letter to Henry's Farm, Inc. in Virginia for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in soy bean sprouts. A sample of the sprouts tested by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services yielded a positive test result for the bacteria. Samples collected by the FDA at the onsite inspection in April and May, 2012 yielded Listeria monocytogenes. Inspectors found "numerous insanitary conditions and practices that may have contributed directly or indirectly to contamination of your sprouts with pathogens and filth." There were numerous rodent pellets in bags of mung beans, and gnaw marks on 25 kg paper bags of soybeans in the refrigerated seed storage area. Gaps under the doors could lead to contamination, and a "foul odor consistent with rodent … [Read more...]

U.S. Marshals Seize Products at San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company

U.S. Marshals have seized food products store in the San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company on August 21, 2012, under a warrant issued ┬áby the U.S. District Court for Northern California. FDA inspectors found "significant insanitary conditions throughout the warehouse during a recent inspection," according to the FDA. The unsanitary conditions included live and dead rodents in and around the products, and rodent nesting materials found in the food. Dara A. Corrigan, FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said, "the violations at San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company in Fremont, California are widespread and significant. The seized goods are held under an embargo by the State of California's Department of Public Health. The food products that were stored in … [Read more...]

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